The photography checklist for Serengeti safaris makes much ado about the “Big 5″… shorthand for the 5 animals which, for some reason, are… well, the victims of photo safaris, I guess. Better than the old days, when they were the victims of another kind of shooting. In the days of trophy hunting, pith helmets, outrageously moustachioed game hunters, these were the critters most likely to take umbrage at being shot at, and if they did, might well express their peevishness by attempting to kill and/or trample and/or eat the offending subject, moustaches and all. They are:
The Lion (Panthera leo)
The Leopard (Panthera pardus)
The Rhino (Diceros bicornis or Ceratotherium simum – rather distinguished, wouldn’t you say?)
The Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
The Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Sadly, the Zebra (Equus Quagga), though infinitely more photogenic in my view, did not make the cut. This hasn’t stopped me, however, from including her within my own safari bucketlist, which, incidentally, is delightfully unburdened by the rather stuffy criteria that these critters be alive, real, or, for that matter, anywhere in the vicinity of the African continent.
And here we espy the beast well camouflaged indeed…
All I need now is the outlandish moustaches and the pith helmet. What, what?